We were in one of the tiny conference rooms - again. We had to leave the door to the main room open, or risk suffocation - it got very warm in there with so many! Our lesson, taught by Marie Smith, was a heart by Karen Bovard, a tricky little tat with mostly split rings and a whole lot of fun! Eleven rings make it up - and once you "get it," you can tat one up in no time at all. Marie made up thread kits for us of size 10 red thread - here's mine. The last ring was written as a regular ring; but I did a split ring and finished with a lock stitch chain to make a bookmark.
We also did a heart exchange - I did extra in case we had visitors who wanted to play too, and we did - so here are the three I put in for the drawing. Motifs are great (I have nothing at all against them), but I try to turn mine into a bookmark or something so it can be used. I did one of Georgia Seitz' Basic Split Ring Heart (from Tatting on the Edge...and Beyond, book 4 of the Ribbonwinners Series) and two of Mary Konior's Queen of Hearts (from Tatting with Visual Patterns). In each, I "fudged" the pattern just a little so it would end with the bottom ring, which I did as a split ring so I could keep tatting a lock chain.
Oh, and before I forget - I need to note a very useful link for several friends who asked -- Georgia Seitz - home of the Online Tatting Class, which she runs - it's always fun and informative, so do check it out!